By Steve Cuff
THE year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons, and for our returned soldiers, their families and for all Australians who pay respect to the fallen heroes who paved the way for our nation to prosper, it will will be remembered for having your own personal Anzac Day service.
Many Australians would have awoke early and instead of attending a gathering for Anzac Day, they instead congregated at the top of their driveway to pay their personal respects.
In Jindabyne, a town where hundreds normally file out on each Anzac Day to attend both the dawn service and then again for the mid morning march, it was a brisk morning where the sounds of birds chirped as the dawn approached.
Lance Corporal Jim Crocker, daughter Kathleen, with husband Tyler and son Angus stood atop their driveway as the last post was played some streets away, echoing through the town.
Switching on their radio they listened to the service before Jim, as he always does at each Anzac Day service read out a list of local fallen soldiers from previous wars. Grandson Angus read out the ode before a minutes silence and soon after a few friends wandered by to say hello.
This in stark contrast to the normal service where soldiers and people would gather, speeches would be read and a flyover of helicopters or planes would see eyes looking skyward. This all followed with the traditional game of two up accompanied by several beers and tales told.
Today this service would start and and finish within minutes, all in semi darkness before we return to our isolation.
While we wait for our normal life to return, and for next year’s Anzac Day service, we have created a slide show of images from the previous five years in Jindabyne and Berridale that we hope you enjoy. Plus a short video on what this morning looked like for most families around Australia.
Take the time to watch both and remember all those before us who sacrificed so much so we can be here today.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.”
“Lest we forget.”
Angus O’Brien, Jim Crocker, Nancy Gant-Thompson, Lorraine Phillips, Kathleen Crocker and Tyler O’Brien just after dawn in Jindabyne. Photo Steve Cuff.